Canon Character Sketches
In this time, no one had memories of the planet Earth. They hadn’t known of the green grass, the vast oceans, the wild forests, because no one had ever been there. They only knew Minerva. At first she was a barren home, small amounts of water, few mountains, but she was vast in deep yellow grassy fields. Those fields were as if the sun had lost a piece of itself, and landed onto Minerva, dressing her in the most beautiful gown she had ever seen. They felt as if they would go on forever, until humanity was knocking on her doorstep. Space travel had come radically far since the first landing on Earth’s Moon, what came even faster was the creation of cities on Minerva’s surface. Eventually Mega-cities popped up all over, some of the first to colonize the planet believed that the skyscrapers could reach the stars faster than any ship could. This sprouting of cities congregated people to them, and when where large crowds go, they need to be fed. The parts of Minerva that weren’t plowed and covered in metal were turned into farmland to feed the mechanical giants that were still expanding.
For many years, Minerva was at peace, until The Navy showed up. Even though they were human, The Navy was treated as a separate being by Minerva’s people. They were ruthless, war hungry, and had come to the colonials exclaiming that humanity has taken a different path, and that they would be led to prosperity through victory and conquer. The people of Minerva were hesitant, they didn’t want to give up their peace, but they accepted anyways, for they would never win a fight with how many gunships The Navy had brung on their grand entrance.
Thankfully for Minerva, The Navy would have come at the right moment, as years later, the first contact with alien life is made. That ended in bloodshed. Soon instead of buildings, the cities of Minerva were building ships in the coming defense of their planet. The Navy, who were not caught off guard when humanity was attacked, had already been planning for war, preparing everything necessary for a planet-wide draft to gain as many pilots as possible.
The Navy is strictly a space faring unit. They have little to no troops for ground operations, and are equipped for ship to ship combat only. Compared to the enemy, The Navy has less firepower, but what they lack in strength, they make up for in speed, having faster and more maneuverable ships.
Even in his childhood, Cage was tall, undoubtably tall. Enough to pick him out in a crowd of 100 kids. His mother would always comment on how they’d need bigger doors when he got older (They did). Not only was Cage tall, but he was strong. Being born and raised on a farm away from the high rising cities was enough to build up quite a bit of muscle on the boy. By the time he was 18, he was plowing the fields more than he was spending time with his family. But sadly by the time he was 18, the draft was put into effect.
Cage’s family was very backwards, they were extremely distant from technology, so distant that they downgraded their farming equipment. Cage’s mom seems to think it was because his father lost his brother in an accident while harvesting grain in their youth. This distaste was put early into Cage’s head, but that didn’t stop The Navy from taking him away from his home, shoving him in a fighter and giving him the most barebones crash course on how to pilot the thing they could lawfully give. Cage was a natural. He learned how to fly faster than many other new recruits, yet he still hated it. He would have quit The Navy right from the start if only he had the option.
Cage was terrified of the new life he was thrown into. He never knew of the technologies that were now a part of his daily routine, he almost believed he was eating, drinking, and sleeping metal, it surrounded him. To cope, he took to smoking. He would almost go through a pack in two days or so, everyone would always see him with a cigarette in his mouth. Due to this immense amount of smoking, his lungs began to weaken, he became one of the few pilots to need a respirator when they were sent out. No one ever told him to stop, some even joined him, most everyone needed a way to adjust to their new lives.
Before the draft, Cage was a quiet young man, working from sunrise to sunset in order to keep his family living. After The Navy took him, he became even quieter, somewhat of a loner. At least on the farm he enjoyed himself, spending time with his family, taking care of them. But in the cramped quarters of a frigate ship, he couldn’t enjoy his mother’s dinner, he couldn’t play cards with his father after a long day of work. The only thing that followed him was his star gazing, but instead of searching through them on his roof, he was living amongst them in the stars, just a sky above his home.
A seasoned thief now past his prime needs to come out of retirement to save his house from foreclosure. Armed with his strong robbery past from his life as a poor child needing to fend for himself in the streets of New York City, as well as his skeleton key that can open any lock except the one to his own home, he sets out to steal enough money to pay his mortgage.
I based the character around an experience I had once, where I was locked out of my own house after coming home from school one day. Everyone in my family had a key to the house except for me, and this upset me greatly, so I wanted to create a funny character out of an upsetting event. Basing it on irony was a big piece, adding to the comedy and wild aspects of the character.
Coloring of the puppet was not used to recreate reality, but was calculated. Certain colors, or certain color schemes, were placed next to each other to draw them out, give them contrast, like in the legs, as well as to strengthen the colors, such as the pink arm being pushed out from the light blue body.
Shapes were integral in showcasing a man past his heyday, someone who’s golden years were behind them. The big spherical body was used to make the man seem lethargic, with a long beard and a bald head. To further showcase the size of his mid section, I made all of the other pieces smaller, creating an off balance proportion by surrounding a larger object with smaller objects to make the larger one seem bigger by comparison.
Stringing the puppet was a strenuous process, taking a majority of the time, and even more of the effort. Having to string it together, and then restring it when something fell off or was too tightly strung, or was not tight enough.
The movement of the marionette was limited mainly to show the characters age. as he grows older, his body starts to slow down and his movements will gradually become less and less, no longer running or jumping, so to express that in the marionette I strung all of the strings on one handle instead of the usual two handles. The motion is awkward, but it is supposed to be.
Something that I have taken from this is that movement is something to study before you try to recreate it. You cannot draw someone doing a backbend if you don’t know how it looks in the first place.
Simply put my hero is my father. I may not agree with all of his views, but he is still the person I look up to the most. He is very caring about his family, be it his children, wife, brothers, sisters, cousins, anyone in relation or friendship. He is extremely social and works hard for my family, doing the night shift for almost 30 years. That is the kind of dedication I would like to put into my own work.
Arm and Hand Bone Sketches
Prismatic Sketches of Hands and Faces by Lui Ferreyra Write Up
A focus for realistic forms is the main focus of these pieces, recreating human images with colorful, mostly organic shapes. It’s like a puzzle, where the pieces had to be carefully made to fit together, and the vibrant colors used as shading and highlighting is eye catching.
My only question is how did the artist start the images? Did they get the outline first and fill it in, or did they begin with an inner shape and go from there?
Understanding Comics Chapters 5 & 6 Notes
Chapter 5 shows expression and emotion through comics
Chapter 6 show the correlation between visual arts and literature, and how comics intertwines the two.
Early twentieth century artists began to create the foundations for modern conventions of showing emotion through visuals
Different lines can convey different emotions (page 124-126)
Wavy lines have become commonplace in comics as activators for a variety of different smells or feelings (128&129)
I began with an image of myself making an odd face, and drew the first in my sketchbook, trying to exaggerate and angulate certain features of my face. I wanted to extend my extruding jaw and make the mouth smaller to put more focus on the large glasses and my eyes, as well as flattening the top of my forehead to get a more defined hairline.
After talking amongst my classmates, they gave me some ideas and critiques as to how I can improve on the image. The jaw was extended even more, and the head was made even more angular. The beard was enlarged to give it more of a focus, and the mouth was shaped more oval than the reference image, but less circular than the first caricature. The glasses were decreased in size to give more attention to the eyes. I felt the headphones were mot necessary, so they were not drawn in.
After finishing the drawing, I took the image into Photoshop to give it color. Using the paint brush and the layer opacity tool, I added in the different colors of my face and jacket, adding tints of darker hues of the color to give the definition of shading. The shading wasn’t meant to copy the reference image exactly, but was there to give the caricature some depth to it. The addition of the sweatshirt was for an iconic look, since I am generally wearing it all the time.
Something I have learned from this is to spend more time thinking about how I want something to look rather than doing it. The colors were not planned well and they came out very plain.
What I want to accomplish through Figure Drawing
I want to get a complete understanding of the human form, as well as obtaining the skills and ability to draw human or human like figures in accurate dynamic poses.